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Certificate in Community Development

This introductory certificate in Community Development is designed for people who are seeking to develop or strengthen their core skills and knowledge of the field. Coursework focuses on the integration between public policy and community based practice, with an emphasis on preservation and development of affordable housing, managing community based organizations, programs and projects and the core theories and principles that guide community development practitioners in their day-to-day work.

Required courses (5 courses)

CD 220 Elements and Issues in Community Development  
CD 352 Non-Profit Management  
CD 350 Housing and Development Skills  
CD 351 Sustainable Economic and Community Development  

Three (3) Electives chosen by the student and his/her
Academic Liaison, from the areas of leadership and non-profit
management; housing, planning and development skills; and
community economic and social development.

The program was designed in partnership with the
Housing Network of Rhode Island. Students are expected
to satisfy the requirements of an internship with the
Housing Network or an affiliated community development
organization. This requirement may be satisfied
through the documentation of community development
employment experience or through learning experiences
acquired by placement.